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#TBT: Verizon buys MetroPCS spectrum; Sprint jumpstarts 3G, Qualcomm puts EV-DV on hold … this week in 2005

Verizon buys S.F. spectrum from MetroPCS, Sprint launches EV-DO modem and Qualcomm puts the brakes on EV-DV … 12 years ago this week. Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top...

#TBT: Qualcomm drives for 700 MHz spectrum; FCC corrupted? … this week in 2000

Qualcomm asks FCC for quick award of 700 MHz spectrum, while House telecom subcommittee Chairman Tauzin claims FCC corrupted by shakedowns … 17 years ago this week. Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to...

#TBT: Verizon new No. 1; China issues 3G licenses … this week in 2008

Verizon was set to overtake AT&T as the nation’s largest wireless carrier, while China issued 3G licenses covering three technologies … 8 years ago this week. Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate...

#TBT: AT&T gobbled up by Cingular; Sprint first to offer Treo 650 … this week in 2004

The FCC approved Cingular’s $41B purchase of AT&T Wireless, while Sprint snagged initial Treo 650 launch … 12 years ago this week Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past....

#TBT: Cingular launches as No. 2 behind Verizon; DT gets approval for VoiceStream purchase … this week in 2000

Verizon received a strong No. 2 rival in the form of Cingular, while DT’s $50B purchase of VoiceStream received labor, business support … 16 years ago this week Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate...

#TBT: Verizon formation begins; AT&T leads family focus … this week in 1999

Talks begin into what will eventually form Verizon, while AT&T and others tackle multiline accounts … 17 years ago this week Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past....

#TBT: T-Mobile taps music, camera; Verizon Wireless labor strife … this week in 2003

T-Mobile assembles concerts to push greater camera use, while Verizon Wireless hit a snag in labor talks … 13 years ago this week Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the...

#TBT: Cell phone makers cleared in cancer suits; ITU approves FLEX standard … 17 years ago this week

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! Cell phone makers...

#TBT: Verizon buys NextWave, targets AT&T; election set to impact FCC … 10 years ago this week

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! Verizon buys NextWave...

#TBT: Sluggish economy hits carriers, vendors, tower companies … 13 years ago this week

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades and enjoy the memories! A silver lining Telecom layoffs have climbed above 175,000...

#TBT: Nextel pursues NextWave; Sprint PCS preps mobile Internet … 15 years ago this week

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades and enjoy the memories! Nextel’s pursuit of NextWave raises eyebrows News that Nextel...

Time Trippin’: Apple cracks open the iPhone; wireless carriers and warrantless wiretaps … 6 years ago this week

Editor’s Note: The RCR Wireless News Time Machine is a way to take advantage of our extensive history in covering the wireless space to fire up the DeLorean and take a trip back in time to re-visit some of the more interesting headlines from...

Time Trippin’: Tower siting; quest for smallest phone … 16 years ago this week

Editor’s Note: The RCR Wireless News Time Machine is a way to take advantage of our extensive history in covering the wireless space to fire up the DeLorean and take a trip back in time to re-visit some of the more interesting headlines from...

AT&T gains FCC support for AWS, WCS spectrum deals

AT&T Mobility added to its spectrum bundle, gaining government approval for control over a number of 1.7/2.1 GHz and 2.3 GHz spectrum licenses from Comcast, Horizon, NextWave and San Diego Gas & Electric. AT&T, which controls AT&T Mobility, announced earlier this year a $650 million...

Time Trippin’: Palm, Windows CE and Symbian slug it out for OS dominance … 11 years ago this week

In the short lifespan of the still nascent wireless Internet, the owners of the operating systems have already learned that best is not always enough. Palm, Windows CE and Symbian are the three OSs trying to slug it out with marketing strategies,

Worst of the Week: Apple’s redemption

Last week, I used this soapbox to go into some detail regarding Apple’s current “issues” in regards to the iPhone and how it’s positioned in the market and comparing its current 4S model to a non-too-handsome product of the U.S. automotive industry.

AT&T continues spectrum spree, picks up various 700 MHz, 2.3 GHz licenses

AT&T’s lust for wireless spectrum knows no bounds as the carrier today filed petitions with the Federal Communications Commission seeking various 700 MHz licenses from a handful of small license owners. The moves follow the announcement earlier today that AT&T was looking to acquire...

AT&T to acquire NextWave for $650M; spectrum at heart of deal

AT&T’s desire for wireless spectrum sent them back in time today as the nation’s No. 2 carrier announced plans to acquire NextWave Wireless (yes, that NextWave) for $650 million. The deal will supply AT&T’s wireless operations with spectrum in the 1.7/2.1 GHz and 2.3...

Time Trippin’: Ericsson wins GPRS/EDGE contract; Chinese vendors jump on PalmOS … 9 years ago this week

Editor’s Note: The RCR Wireless News Time Machine is a way to take advantage of our extensive history in covering the wireless space to fire up the DeLorean and take a trip back in time to re-visit some of the more interesting headlines from...

RCR Wireless News MBB Philadelphia: Carrier consolidation shifts investment strategy, VC panel says

PHILADELPHIA – Timing, scale and the long-term sustainability of a business and business model are key factors to betting right in the mobile broadband business, panelists agreed at RCR Wireless News' Global Mobile Broadband Tour and Conference Philadelphia. And it's good to own spectrum...

Worst of the Week: Fringe benefits

Hello! And welcome to our Friday column, Worst of the Week. There's a lot of nutty stuff that goes on in this industry, so this column is a chance for us at RCRWireless.com to rant and rave about whatever rubs us the wrong way....

LightSquared clears FCC hurdles

LightSquared Subsidiary L.L.C. received good news from the Federal Communications Commission that will allow the satellite communications provider to soon add terrestrial services to its offering.The FCC noted in a report that while on a macro level LightSquared’s plans to offer both terrestrial- and...

NTT DoCoMo acquires remaining stake in PacketVideo

NTT DoCoMo Inc. has purchased remaining interest in PacketVideo Corp. to gain full control of the mobile software development company from NextWave Wireless Inc. (WAVE). The Japanese company acquired a 35% stake in PacketVideo for $45.5 million barely a year ago to jointly develop...

Harbinger venture signs NSN in $7B outsourcing deal: Plans to offer wireless broadband means 100k jobs, hope for rural operators

Fresh off its agreement to buy Motorola Inc.'s networks business, Nokia Siemens Networks said it will build Harbinger Capital Partners' LTE network in an eight-year deal valued at $7 billion, marking NSN's biggest North American contract and the largest outsourcing deal in the United...

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